As Korea’s first domed baseball stadium and complex facility for sports and culture, the Gocheok Skydome, which first opened its doors in 2015, celebrated its third anniversary on November 4, 2018. Over the past three years, a total 436 sports games and cultural events were held with a breakthrough of 3.32 million accumulative spectators.
Gocheok Skydome, which pioneered the way for domed stadiums in the 100-year history of Korean baseball, is the home stadium for the Nexen Heroes Baseball Club and 279 games were played at Gocheok in three years. Unlike other stadiums with rainouts, baseball fans appreciate Gocheok Skydome for being a ‘stadium without rainouts,’ and both players and spectators enjoyed pleasant games this summer amidst the unprecedented scorching heat.
Not only were sports games held at Gocheok Skydome, but the stadium transformed into a large concert hall for concerts and cultural events with a seating capacity of 25,000. It hosted performances in Korea by internationally renowned artists including Katy Perry (May 2018) and Sam Smith (October 2018), BTS’s fan meetings and concerts in both 2016 and 2017, and concerts by K-pop stars such as WannaOne and EXO that all set sellout records, making the stadium the “No. 1 site of the performance culture”.
Gocheok Skydome is located at 430, Gyeongin-ro, Guro-gu, and has two basement floors and four ground floors with a total area of 83,476㎡ in a full-dome shape. The baseball stadium was constructed as an internationally accredited size (first and third base line distances at 99m, center distance at 122m, fence height at 4m), and the height from ground to ceiling is 67.59m, 5m higher than the Tokyo Dome in Japan. There is a total of 16,813 seats from the first to fourth floor of the stadium, and the skydome can accommodate up to 25,000 people for concerts and cultural events.